Text: “I will behave myself in a perfect way. O when will thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes….” – Psalm 101:2, 3.
Comment: Repentance as stated in the introduction to the subject is synonymous to making a U-turn on a particular way of life. Once one identifies a sinful deed and regrets it, then one must proceed to making a decision on what action to take to correct the wrongs and behave differently. King David was a classic example of a man who went through all the stages of repentance. In the text for today, he took a decision to behave wisely and discretely. “He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.” (Proverbs 10:9 ) To show how committed he was to not repeating the same mistake, he prayed God Almighty to: “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way”. (Psalm 119:37). At this decision stage of repentance, one needs to tell oneself, and sincerely too, not to engage anymore in such a sinful act by God’s grace. We would all agree that this stage is very crucial and so one needs prayers, praying not only for forgiveness from God, but also praying for Him to empower one through His Holy Spirit to do righteousness and disengage from the sinful act. – Proverbs 28:13; 1 Peter 1:22,23.